Streets as Areas

Posted by BjornRasmussen on 21 September 2017 in English (English)

I recently added "area roads" to downtown Durham, NC. I made the surface of the roads visible on Openstreetmap. I was wondering if their is any specific way to map road areas. I currently map them as "area = highway" and "highway = service". Feel free to check it out!

Downtown Durham

Downtown Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill Public Library

All three links lead to a place in Openstreetmap where I mapped roads as areas.

I anyone else mapped roads as areas, please reply a link to the location!

Location: 318, American Tobacco Historic District, Durham, Durham County, North Carolina, 27701, United States of America

Comment from Hjart on 21 September 2017 at 19:46

In Denmark (the country in north Europe) I know of one case of roads mapped as areas: The area around

This doesn't show on our standard layer, but imho has a number of advantages.

See more at

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Comment from Jual Knalpot on 21 September 2017 at 20:19

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Comment from maxerickson on 21 September 2017 at 21:02

Something may have gone wrong, several streets are mapped as part of a highway=service area:

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Comment from maxerickson on 21 September 2017 at 21:03

Oh I see, I didn't read closely enough. I think if you are going to make areas, they should match the type of the road they cover, not just be universally service.

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Comment from Nakaner on 21 September 2017 at 21:30

Hi BjornRassmussen,

adding highway=service to an area a secondary roads runs through as you did two days ago is tagging for the renderer and discouraged. In addition, applications which do other things based on OSM data than rendering maps, will treat the outer ring of this polygon as a circular service road along the outer boundary of the road area! Please don't do it. I therefore reverted this change.

If the road is highway=secondary, its area has to have area:highway=secondary. If the roads is highway=tertiary, its area has to have area:highway=tertiary.

Best regards


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